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Harviestoun Ola Dubh (30 Year Old)

Formerly brewed at Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%

NB if your bottle is marked 30th anniversary edition (bottled June 2013) Your rating should go here:

Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.”

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Moliere (27) - Viterbo, ITALY - APR 3, 2012
Una birra semplicemente strepitosa. La sua complessità è pari a quella di un buon whisky, ma con tutti i vantaggi dell’essere birra, e quindi alcol contenuto e buona bevibilità. La Ola Dubh merita 5 di diritto.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1457) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2015
It’s a foam poor ale, which is black and has the most delicate vinous aromas of dried fruit on a port-like manner. Old Ale, Port, Barley Wine and Single Malt Whisky has combined in this magnificent ale. Light smoked malt is transferred to dried figs and prunes as becoming slightly bitter chocolate notes which go on to discrete port sweetness. From here we head for round caramel notes with whisky’s little dry alcohol to follow.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 15, 2008
My 1000th rating. 11.2 oz. brown bottle, comes in a special black box, with a metal seal around the neck. Bottle number 09563. Bottled Sept. 2007. Poured out an inky black color, with a 1/2" thick mocha colored head. Aromas are of whiskey barrel, Highland Scotch, vanilla, roasted espresso beans. Flavors are of Highland Scotch, oak barrel, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, burnt sugars, earthy hops. Thick mouthfeel, rich and chewy. Flavors linger on your tongue for a good long while after drinking it. Damn good beer by any standard. Good pick for my 1000th rating too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nearbeer (4881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2008
33 cl, bottle # 09386, Sept 07. Another opaque black pour with the creamiest, inch thick head this side of nitro. Aroma is smoky, piquant hickory with caramel, vanilla and cocoa. Flavor is smoky hickory, caramel, vanilla and milk chocolate turning to sherry and cured tobacco. Medium-heavy body is smooth, sticky, and slightly drying on the finish. If this (and the other O. D.s) weren’t so expensive I could drink it till I drowned.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaartenRF10 (1865) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2011
Geweldig bier! Wederom. Na het proeven van de "12" waren de verwachtingen van de "30" natuurlijk hooggespannen. Maar ik moet zeggen, het bier voldeed aan alle verwachtingen. Qua uiterlijk, geur en smaak bijna gelijk aan de "12". Zeer complexe smaak. Whiskey, rook, chocolade en mout. Waar ik bij de "12" zei: ’Iets voller en steviger en hij zou perfect zijn.’ Deze Ola Dubh 30 is iets voller en steviger. De smaak blijft net iets langer hangen. En de presentatie is natuurlijk geweldig. Alleen al voor het doosje en de fles. Een ervaring. Op zoek naar de "40"!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - JUN 6, 2009
Inatteso regalo di compleanno da un vero amico. Colore nerissimo,con schiuma marrone e sottile di scarsa persistenza.Aroma meraviglioso,cioccolato,whisky,malto.In bocca è altrettanto ricca:cioccolato nero con sentori di vaniglia,whisky e foglie di quercia.Eccezionale.Vale tutti i soldi che il mio amico ha speso!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2012 11.3 oz bottle pours black. Hint of scotch in the aroma and taste. I love this beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Loving Scotch and Loving Beer...there is nothing better than this. High price, fine. It is worth it. Perfectly balanced barrel flavour with a delicious dark beer. Not as sweet as those beers aged in former bourbon casks. I’ll pop a number on this one with no problem.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5649) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 13, 2008
This smells like a nice stout. This it crazy. It alternates between thick and thin. Sweet and with an initial bite that mellows out. This is the hoppiest of the three oddly. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kavu (4114) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 4, 2011
Pours pitch black with a light, brown head. Aroma is very rich with roasted malts, coffee, alcohol and perhaps some apple. Equally rich flavor is roasted malts, coffee, some hops and alcohol. Superb.

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